Reading Time: 4 minutes Social media users say Cyrus is spreading 'false information' about plant-based diets 
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Former vegan Miley Cyrus has been blasted on social media for ‘spreading false information’ after revealing she is no longer vegan, and blaming her diet for health issues.

The pop star made the comments while appearing on a recent episode of Joe Rogan‘s podcast. Cyrus, who ditched animal products in 2013, revealed to Rogan that she is ‘experimenting a lot’ with her diet and exercise regime.

According to Cyrus, she ate fish in 2019, saying she ‘had to introduce fish and omegas into [her] life because [her] brain wasn’t functioning properly. She also blamed her vegan diet for hip pain.

‘Incredibly detrimental’

Many social media users responded to the news angrily, blaming Cyrus for spreading misinformation about Omega 3 and 6s – which can be found in vegan products, and do not require the consumption of fish.

One wrote: “F*ck Miley Cyrus for not being vegan anymore. F*ck her for spreading misinformation about how vegan Omega 3 works. Ugh, she has such a huge platform, what she’s doing in incredibly detrimental to the cause.”

Another added: “so… from looking at tweets (haven’t watched the full video so I might be wrong) Miley Cyrus stopped being vegan because of omega 3? She’s literally a multi-millionaire and you’re gonna tell me she couldn’t spare £20 for eight months worth of algae oil capsules? LMAO ok then.”

One Twitter user wrote: “You do realize that fish isn’t a direct source of omega-3s right? They get it from algae. You can go directly to their source or you can eat chia seeds, hemp seeds, spirulina, or chlorella, take a vegan supplement. You are misinforming so many fans.”

‘No indication she was seeking medical care’

Discussing Cyrus’ situation, ND Dr. Matthew Nagra also spoke out about how ‘fatigue (mental or physical) can be caused by a myriad of issues, which may not be diet-related, and there’s no indication that she was seeking any medical care’.

“In addition, it’s important to note that the research on omega-3 supplements (EPA/DHA) and cognitive function is mixed, with potential benefit in older adults specifically. Of course, fish is a source of these omega-3s, but so is a vegan algae-based supplement,” he wrote in an Instagram post.

“That being said, it is unclear if vegans even need to supplement since we produce EPA and DHA from short-chain omega-3s (ALA) in foods like flax and our levels don’t vary much from fish eaters. Furthermore, those with genetically elevated levels don’t seem to be protected against Alzheimer’s disease, which is why I just think of these supplements as an extra safety measure, to ensure you get enough.”

Placebo effect

He added: “Something that should give pause is when someone notices drastic improvements with a small dietary change. This SCREAMS placebo effect. On a physiological level, it’s impossible for a few meals of seafood to drastically change omega-3 levels, especially within the brain.

“This becomes even more likely when a vegan has constantly been told that their diet is deficient by those who clearly have not seen the data. We can start to believe it…That being said, we have no clue what Miley was actually eating.

“So before you see all the carnivore doctors posting about this negative anecdote, even though meat is a poor source of omega-3s, remember that an anecdote isn’t science and the overwhelming body of evidence suggests that vegans/vegetarians have lower risk of many non-communicable diseases and all-cause mortality. There’s a reason that health professionals like @drgarthdavis and @brendadavisrd continue to thrive without any signs of slowing down.”

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Maria Chiorando

Maria is a news and features writer for Plant Based News. As a former magazine editor, newspaper reporter, and features writer, her work has been published by The Guardian, The Huffington Post, and various regional newspapers, as well as Vegan Life magazine and Vegan Trade Journal. She has interviewed a huge range of people, from Prime Ministers to authors, activists, pop stars and actors, and enjoys the varied range of topics writing for PBN allows her to tackle. She was previously the editor of Plant Based News for over 3 years.

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